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What are dental implants?

17 November 2016

Many people consider dental implants in Kent, but what exactly are they? Here at Staplehurst Dental, we provide patients with dental implants and below are some of the questions we arefrequently asked about them.

What are dental implants?

If you get dental implants in Kent you can expect to have a titanium screw (like a tooth root) surgically positioned into your jawbone beneath the gum line. This allows your dentist to apply a replacement tooth or a bridge into that area. Possibly one of the best things about dental implants is that they don’t come loose like dentures can; they are a permanent fixture in your mouth for up to 20years, as long as they are looked after properly. Dental implants also benefit your general oral health because they do not have to be anchored to other teeth, like bridges.

How do dental implants work?

Because dental implants fuse to your jawbone, they provide stable support for artificial teeth. Dentures and bridges mounted to implants won’t slip or shift in your mouth — an especially important benefit when eating and speaking. This secure fit helps the dentures and bridges — as well as individual crowns placed over implants — feel more natural than conventional bridges or dentures.

For some people, ordinary bridges and dentures are simply not comfortable or even possible, due to sore spots, poor ridges or gagging. In addition, ordinary bridges must be attached to teeth on either side of the space left by the missing tooth. An advantage of implants is that no adjacent teeth need to be prepared or ground down to hold your new replacement tooth/teeth in place.

To receive dental implants in Kent, you need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. You must also commit to keeping these healthy and have regular check-ups with your dentist. This is all critical to the long-term success of dental implants.

For further information on dental implants in Kent, feel free to call Staplehurst Dental and we will help you as best we can. Our team of dedicated professionals is here ready to take your call, we look forward to hearing from you.

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